02/10/2012 04:46 pm ET

Chicago Area Cats, Dogs & Other Pets Up For Adoption (2/10) (PHOTOS)

Whether you'll be spending this Valentine's Day solo or coupled, wouldn't the holiday, trite as it may be, be better with a new furry friend by your side?

This week, we have been sure to pick out an extra special, midwinter group of Chicago area cats, dogs and rabbits that are currently available for adoption.

To our knowledge, all animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped and up-to-date with their tests and vaccinations.

If this slideshow doesn't satisfy your cute animal-viewing fix, be sure to check out past features linked below the gallery either by scrolling down or clicking here. Many of the previously featured animals remain homeless -- those who've already been adopted are noted with a "Spoken For!" tag.

As always, if you have an adoption shelter success story you would like to share, please send a note (and a picture) to and we will be sure to feature your pet's story.

Chicago's Adoptable Pets - Week 14